Translators have always played a key role in society. Medieval translators for example had a major impact on scholarship, and contributed to the development of vernacular languages and national identities around these languages. Translators went on playing a key role in the advancement of society and knowledge for centuries. But most translators have become “invisible” in the 21st century, with a precarious life and their names often forgotten on press releases and book covers. There is much to do to acknowledge (again) the translators’ major impact on knowledge, science, literature and culture. This article was inspired by the "Translation" entry in Wikipedia.
Please see also "A dictionary of famous translators through the ages": http://archive.org/details/translators-dictionary
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